Portland -- It's that time of year again. The time when leaves fall and the City of Portland starts its annual leaf pickup program.

City workers pick up leaves in just over a quarter of the city, which are the neighborhoods where the most leaves fall.

This is a Godsend for me because I have so many leaves, and I don't have a landscape person, said Judy Collins as she raked leaves in the front yard of her Ladd's Additon home.

Pickup starts Saturday with Ladd's Addition and continues across the city until the middle of December.

The city charges $15 for each pickup. Workers hit some neighborhoods once and others twice. You can chose to opt out of the program.

That's what Tim Provinsal decided to do.

They come every year, so when they started charging, you know, I said 'well I'll take care of that myself', he said.

That's fine with the city, according to Bureau of Transportation spokesman Dylan Rivera. What they want is leaves picked up so they don't clog storm drains or cause driving problems.

More info: Leaf pickup and how you can even opt out of the program.

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